OPENING HOURS | Sanctuary open 9am to 4pm | Cafe open 9am to 3pm | Open everyday except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
About the
Sanctuary

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary​

Here at the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, our vision is to create an Eco Sanctuary that will inspire and engage community to ensure the best outcomes for Australian Wildlife.

The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and operated by Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.

Our aim is to bring awareness to the importance of respecting our natural world alongside the community, by creating experiences that enable visitors to leave feeling fulfilled and having a newfound enjoyment of what Australia’s natural flora and fauna have to offer.

We are focused on enabling all Australians to save wildlife, with the priority on education, regeneration, rehabilitation, local produce and suppliers, and ethically sourced and sustainable offerings. The Sanctuary aims to provide experiences for all community groups and visitors, with a strong passion for customer service, empowerment of our staff and guests, and a deep integral respect for Australia native Wildlife.

Over the next 12 to 24 months there will be significant developments, including structural and aesthetic upgrades, as well as habitat advancements for resident wildlife. During this time, the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will remain open in its current form as an interactive wildlife park, café, gift shop experience, partnering with iconic brands such as Australian Geographic, with a focus on educational, locally produced, ethically sourced and sustainable offerings.

Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital ‘Matilda’ is  located on site at the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Our expert veterinary team provide critical services to save and recover our local wildlife.

Every dollar spent at the Sanctuary is reinvested in the conservation, rehabilitation, and future of Australian wildlife.

The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

6 Acres of sanctuary providing Australian Wildlife interactions and education

Keeper talks and hands-on animal experiences daily

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital’s mobile hospital, “Matilda”

Over 44 years serving the North Coast community

300,000 visitors annually

Over 200 products available in our gift store

Cafe serving freshly prepared local produce and barista coffee

BBQ facilities and food truck on site conference and special event facilities

18 Hole Mini Golf course

Water park & children’s play area.

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroos

Our Vision​

Our vision is to inspire people to live alongside wildlife.​

Our purpose is to create an awareness of the importance of respecting our natural world together with the community, by offering experiences that enable visitors to leave feeling fulfilled, with a newfound understanding and enjoyment of what Australia’s natural flora and fauna has to offer.

With the mission to empower and enable all Australians to save wildlife, every dollar spent at the Sanctuary is reinvested in the conservation, rehabilitation, and future of Australian Wildlife.

During the development, the Sanctuary’s focus will shift towards a bio-park, with the priority to respect, protect and enjoy Australian Native Wildlife. Our team works alongside partners to increase awareness and preservation of threatened and endangered species, with the primary objective to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

“Our vision is to develop the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary into a world class bio park with a focus on Australian Wildlife through conservation, education, indigenous engagement and ecotourism initiatives”.​

Stephen Van Mil – Director​